Sunday, February 16, 2014

Miro: The Experience of Seeing tour starts today

Today marks the first day of my docent touring schedule at the Seattle Art Musuem for Miró: The Experience of Seeing, showing until the end of May.

I have gone through months of training about this fascinating man and his work. 
Thank you to SAM for giving the docents catalogs to study!
I was first introduced to him as an undergrad getting a minor in art history at Oklahoma State, but I don't think I ever really knew much about him.  I had various prints of his on my walls over the years, and I went to his big exhibit in Washington DC, but I've never understood him.

Now I feel that if we had known each other, we would have sat to afternoon tea in his garden and talked for hours on surviving a dictator and human cruelty. 

I want him to know that I now see the difference in colors before and after you and your country have been set free. 

I want him to know that I now understand why he painted so many damn birds. 

I want to tell him about the continuation of destruction in his artwork, specifically his Joseph Royo tapestry at the World Trade Towers, a piece that I remember seeing in my childhood on a family vacation. 

I want to show him revolution graffiti from the youth artists of today, doing what he did on canvases years ago.  

SAM is showing a collection of paintings, mixed media, and assemblage sculpture and this is the only west coast viewing.  This exhibit has come directly from the Reina Sofia in Barcelona and showcases his work from 1963 and for the next 18 years.  It is astounding when you consider that he was creating them in his 70s, 80s, and up until his death on Christmas day, 1981.

Come and visit me on Sundays at 2:15pm so I can share his life, his inspirations, his dreams, and his love of creation with you.

If you can't make it on Sunday, please come another time.  You really shouldn't miss this master and his interpretation of his beautiful world around him.

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